Recipe and photography by Sarah Steffens

Cashew butter adds depth and creaminess to this vegan butternut “pasta” dish with added protein from chickpeas, cashews and sesame seeds. This dish can be prepared up to 3 days in advance, just leave off the cashews and sesame seeds until ready to serve.

Plant-Based Whole30 Cashew Butternut Squash
Photo credit: Sarah Steffens
Cashew Butternut "Pasta" with Chickpeas

Cashew Butternut “Pasta” with Chickpeas

3.65 from 31 votes
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 3 medium garlic cloves ,peeled & minced
  • 1 14.5-oz can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup plain almond milk
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup plain creamy cashew butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups butternut pasta
  • 1 14.5-oz can of chickpeas ,drained


  • ¼ cup fresh parsley ,minced
  • 1 whole30 scallion ,minced
  • ¼ cup toasted cashews
  • 1 tbsp black or white sesame seeds


  • Add coconut or avocado oil to a stockpot set to low heat.
  • Add minced garlic and allow to become golden in color, stirring often, about 3 minutes.
  • Pour in coconut milk and almond milk and stir well. Whisk in nutritional yeast, lemon juice and cashew butter until very smooth.
  • Season with sea salt and black pepper and stir well
  • Add in butternut pasta and stir well so that the butternut is completely coated in the sauce. Stir often until and butternut is soft, about 5-8 minutes. If the pasta begins to appear a little dry, add another splash or two of almond milk or water.
  • Stir in drained chickpeas.
  • When the butternut is soft, remove from the heat and serve between 4 garnishing with fresh parsley, scallion, cashews and sesame seeds, storing any leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Plant-based
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